Upper Freehold Township, home to 8,600 acres of preserved farmland in New Jersey, is fighting against a proposal that would allow growers in New Jersey to plant crops on preserved land. While these cannabis farmers (and proprietors of planned dispensaries) would not still be protected by federal law, that isn’t good enough for some members of the rural New Jersey community.
There will be a hearing on December 15th that will decide the fate of cannabis seeds in this town, a decision that will undoubtedly impact the cannabis industry’s fate in the Garden State. The haters’ biggest criticism is that marijuana should not be an agricultural crop, as it will somehow negatively impact “traditional farmers.”
Under current legislation in New Jersey, marijuana classifies as an agricultural crop, meaning it can be cultivated on a preserved farm. But, if the preserved farms are funded by federal funds, they cannot be used for marijuana crops. As is standard with many cannabis laws, this case falls into a hazy gray area.
The bottom line: stuck up members of this rural town don’t want to be associated with cannabis. The problem their logic? They have a ton of fertile land that isn’t being used. Their real estate is prime for marijuana growth. Unfortunately, some people are naiive or simply choose to be unaware of the benefits cannabis has to a community. Hopefully in this case, the local governing forces put logic over a anti-cannabis-ers who don’t want their community “stigmatized” by the herb.